Tag Archives: BBC

Roger Cook jailed for abusing teenage girl in Appleby

A man who repeatedly sexually abused a teenage girl in Cumbria has been jailed for four years. Roger David Cook, 50, had initially denied committing a number of historical offences in the Appleby area in the late 1990s. But before his victim, who is now an adult, was about to give evidence at the trial at Carlisle Crown Court, he ...

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Bullying victim teams up with amputee for fashion show

Lydia Unsudimi barely smiled for two years after a classmate compared her face to that of a gorilla. After overcoming her insecurities she founded The I Love Me Project to help other young people become more confident too. Now she has teamed up with Sian Green-Lord, whose leg was severed by a taxi while on holiday in New York, for ...

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125% council tax bill for empty homes in Pembrokeshire

Owners of hundreds of empty homes in Pembrokeshire are to be hit by a 125% council tax bill. Empty homes in the county are allowed a 50% discount to the levy under current arrangements. But from April 2019 this discount will be scrapped, with owners of homes which have stood empty for more than three years being charged 125% of ...

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Malawi cracks down on 'vampire' lynch mobs

Police in the south-east African state of Malawi say they have arrested 140 members of lynch mobs who attacked people suspected of being vampires. At least eight people are believed to have been killed, including two men on Thursday in the second city, Blantyre. One was set on fire and the other stoned, according to police. Two others were arrested ...

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Staffordshire 132mph drink-driver caught out by own dashcam

Media playback is unsupported on your device A drink-driver who crashed after speeding at 132mph was caught out when police found incriminating footage on his dashcam. Nathan Williams, of Talke, Staffordshire, was arrested when he failed a roadside breath test in July. His dashcam was seized by police and the footage showed him regularly driving at excessive speeds and intimidating ...

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BBC sorry over gay conversion tweet

The BBC has apologised for an online poll that asked whether gay conversion therapy is acceptable practice. BBC Radio Kent tweeted: “TV Doctor Dr Ranj has told breakfast gay conversion therapy is akin to psychological abuse; Should gay conversion therapy be banned?” The Gay Times said BBC radio had “asked the stupidest question“. The BBC said it had removed the ...

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New Zealand to hold cannabis referendum within three years

New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalising the recreational use of cannabis in the next three years, its prime minister-elect has pledged. Jacinda Ardern said she did not personally support imprisoning people for using cannabis but wanted to hear New Zealanders’ views. Ms Ardern received a standing ovation at a meeting of her Labour Party. She will head a ...

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Spain plans for Catalan elections, escalating independence row

The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) party to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, according to the PSOE. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, as its leader threatens to declare independence. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will hold a cabinet meeting on Saturday to ...

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Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Mr Xi. Some observers have said the crackdown was used to conduct a political purge of Mr Xi’s opponents. The latest claim ...

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Woman loses leg in crash outside East Yorkshire school

A woman has lost her leg after being seriously injured in a crash outside a primary school. The 62-year-old was removing items from the boot of her parked car when she was hit from behind by a Vauxhall Astra, trapping her between the two vehicles. The collision happened outside Burstwick Primary School on Main Street at about 11:45 BST on ...

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